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The World Cup of Hockey won't happen in 2020 and that's a shame. There were plenty of skeptics 2 1/2 years ago who said it was simply a cash grab, and the merchandise and marketing end of things was admittedly a huge part of the 2016 tournament in Toronto. But more important was that it gave us great, memorable hockey in September, and that's rare. The '16 World Cup pro…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Zach Redmond said as his career progressed, he learned getting hung up on points or individual success can create bad habits and hurt you. So the high-scoring Americans defenseman stopped looking at s…

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He was the last player off the ice Friday morning. And while he didn't know the plan, Taylor Fedun had a pretty good guess that he would be the odd man out when the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Vancouver Canucks a few hours later in KeyBank Center. Fedun was recalled from the Rochester Americans on Friday and was the only healthy extra skater on the Sabres roster. The d…

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The Sabres' battered lineup is getting a reinforcement. Buffalo has recalled defenseman Taylor Fedun from Rochester. To make room on the roster, the Sabres have placed center Jacob Josefson on injured reserve. The Sabres practiced with six defensemen Thursday. Josh Gorges is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, while Zach Bogosian (lower body) and Justin Falk (undisc…

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The Sabres had the best power play in the NHL last year, so it's not like Phil Housley has to start from scratch. There are tweaks the new coach would like to make, however. "I just would like to see them have more of a shot mentality," Housley said Tuesday. "They're just passing up opportunities. I think we've got to simplify our game in that area." The Sabres pract…

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The Sabres did some number crunching Monday. Buffalo fans who still have their old Jason Pominville jerseys will be pleased. Pominville, reacquired this offseason, will wear his familiar No. 29 when the Sabres return to the ice next month. Defenseman Jake McCabe gave up No. 29 and will switch to No. 19, the number he wore in college at Wisconsin. The Sabres announced…